Marker to honor Opry humorist Rod Brasfield in Smithville

By The Associated Press

SMITHVILLE — Rod Brasfield, a Grand Ole Opry humorist from 1944 until his death in 1958, was to be honored Thursday with a marker on the Mississippi Country Music Trail.

The marker was to be unveiled at the Rod Brasfield Memorial Park in Smithville.

Brasfield, who was famous for his comedy routines with Minnie Pearl, also starred in the 1957 movie “A Face In The Crowd” with Andy Griffith.

Brasfield was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1987.

Brasfield teamed with Pearl, who wore knee-length country dresses and a straw hat with the dangling $1.98 price tag and greeted post- World War II audiences with a big “How-DEE!” and wide-eyed banter about her mythical hometown of Grinder’s Switch.

“They were the cream of the crop,” said Opry museum curator Brenda Colladay in 2005. “They did what Minnie referred to as double comedy. There was no straight man. They’d work off of each other. She’d come walking in and he’d say, ‘Well, if it ain’t Marilyn Monroe — and it ain’t.'”

Brasfield was born in Smithville in 1910 into a theatrical family. He died in 1958 at the age of 48. He is buried in Smithville.